Before I went to sleep last night, I was asking God to show me something about all that was going on, as there was an email sent about government housing for the victims of the hurricane that implied, this is a test for what they want to do in the future to the whole nation, most especially to “people of the Book”.  If you don’t know that phrase, it’s what the Koran calls Jews and Christians… ”people of the Book.”

This morning when I awoke I was seeing visions of the hurricane back east, and then of people in FEMA camps, and then remembering on TV last night or night before CBS showing how this one older lady only got $1,700 from government

For fixing her house which needed to be restored – Hardly what was needed.  The news anchor was walking her through her small house looking at all the damage.  Also good to see this article:  “FEMA shelters in northeast resemble police state prison camps.”

Then the Lord reminded me of what I call “commie” buildings in Russia.  They are apt like buildings all over Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, Czech republic etc.  That all look the same on the outside.  In Russia, you can’t own land unless it’s been in your family for over 50 years I was told by friends there.  So most live in these apartment like housing which are really condo’s.  You don’t rent there so much, you buy them and pay into them, so it’s really condominiums.

Putting two and two together, as the Lord is so good at doing, I felt some impressions of what is to come, along with things He’s shown me in the past, like having to meet in homes secretly, and having to be so careful, being followed.  I’m trying to piece it together with what His heart has been showing me also about the church, as last night I heard a popular church figure telling how we are not required to be poor, and how we should have the blessings of Abraham, and poverty is a curse, and it wasn’t that some things were not right, just that it was twisted to seem to say no one should be poor if they believe.  Didn’t say you often have to go through a few things.  Didn’t mention the early church and Acts 4!

Jesus however was crystal clear.  Where ever your heart is, there your treasure will be.  What do we treasure?  Our things or Jesus.  There’s a song Fernando Ortega sings about “Just give me Jesus.”  “You can have all the things of this world, but just give me Jesus.” We sing such things, but do we really mean this when tested.  It seems the firemen and first responders in New York’s Belle Harbor, I think it was, seem to really mean it.  They were happy to have their lives and families, and most of them are Irish Catholic.  They are helping one another, and that gets down to the bottom line with GOD too.  Saw that on Scott Pelley’s CBS nightly news this week.

When 9-11 happened, the Lord gave me a word about the arms being disconnected from the body.

The Arms are Disconnected from the Body
Priscilla Van Sutphin
September 10, 2001
[This was the night before 9-11 disaster]

For a couple weeks, my shoulders have been what feels like dislocated.  Sometimes it has been very painful, especially at first.  Then of late it seemed to wane, then tonight again it seemed worse.  I went to lay down and read, and suddenly I heard, ”  The arms are disconnected from the body .”  And I began to picture all the times I tried to get help when I was disabled and having to live on AFDC and the lack of help in the church.  No one wanted to help, but a very few close friends.  The help sometimes more did not come from the church I was attending.  There is one woman who stuck by me through the whole time since I met her, and, who has shown me the value of loving people even when they are not fully healed.

She is like a surrogate mother to me; someone I desperately needed in my life.  She did inner healing with me.  She is a licensed Christian counsellor psychologist with 30 years of experience in this healing of the emotions.  She helped not only with inner healing in prayer for me and counselling.  But she and her husband supported me, financially with $400 a month when I was walking on water, when I had no income, and when I was on housing and medical, she would bring me food .  She bought me herbs when I needed them and didn’t have the money which were a big part of my physical strengthening.  She stood by me through thick and thin when no one else seemed to have the heart or time.

I also thought of the many people I’ve known among the poor who have never seen Christians help them or each other.  Then I thought of those who have helped others, most out of their poverty.  In fact it seems to me that those are the ones who have had the biggest hearts; those who know what it is like to suffer and be in need . Those who know what it is like to have to say NO to your children so many times.  Those who know what it is to cry yourself to sleep at night because you can’t get decent medical care through Medical programs.  Although they provide help, it is not quality help like for those who pay and it costs people who are poor, some with their lives.

The body is quite dysfunctional if it’s arms are disconnected.  It means you can’t touch someone when they need a touch.  It means you can’t lift to carry groceries to a neighbor.  I am having trouble lowering my water bottle so I can pour water into the pitcher.  It causes me pain when I do it.  The Lord’s heart is broken over those who need to see a powerful church, a loving church, and when they come, instead they often see selfishness, back-biting  jealousy, competition, stinginess, and pride.  Our healing comes through HIM being with Him, worshipping Him, talking to HIM, study of His Word . And through the many counsellors  pastors and church workers who pour themselves out to others, who impart their wisdom and kindness and love to us.

We don’t have to be perfect to help others, we just need His grace and to be healed enough ourselves that we don’t snap at others with our words and injure them more.  And there are those who already help, who are the arms of the church, who have been secretly, quietly doing what God has wanted the whole church involved in.  But many are disconnected.  There are those whose literal arms seem disconnected…. they go to church.  They warm the pews.  They read their bibles.  They tithe.  They give to others.  They even pray and worship the Lord.  But they don’t reach out to others the way HE would reach out to whoever sought HIM.  There are people everyday that we walk by who need prayer, who need encouragement, who need to know their value in the eyes of the Ever-loving God.  If everyone in our congregations would reach out to ONE person – imagine how our churches would grow!  Jesus said to love one another as I have loved you!

Then the Lord said to look up “complacency” Webster’s has this definition:  The quality or state of being satisfied, a calm sense of well being and security;  Especially satisfaction or self-satisfaction accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies.  Another is self-satisfaction, vanity.   And yet another is passive acquiescence which I think says it the best.

One of the qualities of complacency is a self focus, …  not caring what is wrong with others, or their problems, but just being satisfied that you don’t have those problems.  It is always easy when life gets easier to become complacent about the plight of others, to be so busy with life (your own), that you become numb to the needs of others around you.  It can happen in the best of friendships, in marriages, in business relationships, in church relationships, and in families.

It takes effort to reach out.  Reaching out is done with the ARMS.  One principle of the kingdom, Jesus taught me was that if you reach out to others, he will reach out to you.  Where does it say this?  Well , first HE demonstrated it.  He was always reaching out to others, to teach, to heal, to feed, etc.  Secondly, it says it in Isaiah 58.   Notice all the IF’s ; if you do this, then…

Isaiah 58:5-14 NKJV
____________________________end of 9-11 word

So now He brings me back to these same scriptures in Isaiah 58.

Isaiah 58:1-3 NKJV  “Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell My people their transgression, And the house of Jacob their sins.   Yet they seek Me daily, And delight to know My ways, As a nation that did righteousness, And did not forsake the ordinance of their God.  They ask of Me the ordinances of justice; They take delight in approaching God.   ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and You have not seen? Why have we afflicted our souls, and You take no notice?'” 

In other words, SHOUT IT, don’t just say it. Lift up your voice and tell My people why this is happening.  They seek Me daily as if they were those who actually did right things, as if they weren’t disobeying Me.  We’ve fasted, but You God have done nothing, there’s no change.  Why aren’t YOU doing something?  We are wondering why it is that God is not taking notice of all our religious activities . And I believe He is saying this to America right NOW.  You try to do good, you do religious things, you speak as if you were righteous, yet you are NOT obeying me.

I want you to notice something below here . I didn’t do it.  The computer made this “error” in repeating the one line of “AND THAT YOU BREAK EVERY YOKE”.  When God repeats something as this verse is repeated, HE is emphasizing it.  Below God is charging Israel with self indulgence without caring about others.  And in that they are accused of USURY, Religious hypocrisy, and fake fasting, that doesn’t change their attitudes.  Then he tells them the kind of fasting HE expects.

Isaiah 58:3-6   “In fact, in the day of your fast you find pleasure, and exploit all your laborers.  Indeed you fast for strife and debate, And to strike with the fist of wickedness. You will not fast as you do this day, to make your voice heard on high. To make your voice heard on high, in other words to be noticed by others.
Is it a fast that I have chosen, A day for a man to afflict his soul?
Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush, And to spread out sackcloth and ashes? Would you call this a fast, And an acceptable day to the Lord?  “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke?
And that you break every yoke?
And that you break every yoke?
And that you break every yoke?
And that you break every yoke?
And that you break every yoke?
And that you break every yoke?
And that you break every yoke?
And that you break every yoke?
And that you break every yoke?

The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,

10 times the computer made this…. I’d say GOD SAYS THIS. IT’s KEY to HIS GOVERNMENT BEING ESTABLISHED IN THE EARTH.  10 is the number of government.  BREAK EVERY YOKE !  BREAK EVERY YOKE !  BREAK EVERY YOKE !

Just the other night I had said:
“Dream Judy had to me speaks volumes that the church is not attending to their role in prayer and WORSHIP that breaks the power of the witchcraft, divination and sorcery overtaking our nation.  WE all know that.  Put on the GARMENTS of PRAISE for the spirit of heaviness and heaviness is heavy on our nation because of all that is going on.  It was in Joyner’s book as the vultures riding some Christians remember ?”

What does that mean to break every yoke instead of pointing the finger?
Many times the Lord rebuked the Pharisees for not lifting a finger to help those that were under oppression, but exploiting them instead.

Is this not what many leaders do in the church today?  Not all, by any means, but it’s so common that the lost have LOST respect for us and for the true gospel.  I had a young man here from Kenya several years back, and when he was in Mississippi or Alabama, not sure which one, there was a pastor who took up a collection for him, as his aeroplane company he had a ticket with, had folded, and he had no way back to Africa. Elijah saw the pastor take checks from several people, but then never gave him the money !!!  That is SO sad and terrible.

Again, breaking the yoke:

OT:4133 mowtah (mo-taw’); feminine of OT:4132; a pole; by implication, an ox-bow; hence, a yoke (either literal or figurative): KJV – bands, heavy, staves, yoke.
OT:4132 fom mowt (mote); from OT:4131; a wavering, i.e. fall; by implication, a pole (as shaking); hence, a yoke (as essentially a bent pole): KJV – bar, be moved, staff, yoke. OT:4131 fom mowt (mote); a primitive root; to waver; by implication to slip, shake, fall: KJV – be carried, cast, be out of course, be fallen in decay, X exceedingly, fall (-ing down), be (re-) moved, be ready, shake, slide, slip.

I picture Jeremiah in the yoke he put on himself, and the false prophet breaking the yoke off him to imagine how we are to break the yoke and let the captives go free.  Even though the false prophet was not right.  Just a good picture in my mind.  We are to let the oppressed go free.

In Isaiah 42 it says:

Isaiah 42:6-7 NKJV   “I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness, And will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the Gentiles,  To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the prison, Those who sit in darkness from the prison house. “
Isaiah 42:21-23 NKJV (Israel’s Obstinate Disobedience)  “The Lord is well pleased for His righteousness’ sake; He will exalt the law and make it honorable.  But this is a people robbed and plundered; All of them are snared in holes, And they are hidden in prison houses; They are for prey, and no one delivers; For plunder, and no one says, “Restore!” Who among you will give ear to this?  Who will listen and hear for the time to come?” 

The Oppressed 

OT:7533 ratsats (raw-tsats’); a primitive root; to crack in pieces, literally or figuratively: KJV – break, bruise, crush, discourage, oppress, struggle together.

Breaking the yoke means getting people set free through emotional healing, physical healing & deliverance.  That is the work of the church.  There are so many walking wounded and too often they are told to do this or that, but not given even the time of day so to speak when it comes to spending time with them to do those things needful to set them free.  It takes time to love someone enough till they believe it.  Not just a 3 minute prayer at the altar.  It takes energy and God’s wisdom which can only be done if we ourselves are also getting free.  We need yokes broken off us too!  God will use people even though they are not fully free, if they have right motivations.  But our heart must be to work out our salvation with fear and trembling, not stay stuck in self defensive arrogance and pride.  Believe me, I’ve been there, done that.

Do you see how this parallels what Jesus said His purpose was ?  To destroy the works of the devil.  Those in bondage need help, need to be freed from all the yokes of oppression from the enemy.  We war not against flesh and blood, but powers and principalities, spiritual wickedness in high places. Jesus came to set the captives free and where His Spirit rules, there is FREEDOM.  Like in the movie Transformations where the little Guatamalan town that experienced revival through prayer and worship and helping one another, there came such a mighty awakening that the police no longer had anything to do.  The jails were no longer filled with drunks, then something amazing started happening, and the farmers were growing food that was miraculously large, and the food was so abundant, it was great SIZE, and growing seasons expanded to 3X a year that they got harvest !!!   The town was blessed beyond anything you could think or ask.  Caring for JESUS in prayer and worship, and listening & obeying Him to do what He said to do, brought abundance.

Then we come to the promises if we do this which resemble awakening and abundance to me…

Isaiah 42:10   “If you extend your soul to the hungry And satisfy the afflicted soul, Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, And your darkness shall be as the noonday.”

There’s the reach out to others and I’ll reach out to you !

Isaiah 42:11-13   “The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.  Those from among you shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In. 
If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, From doing your pleasure on My holy day, And call the Sabbath a delight, The holy day of the Lord honorable, And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words…”

Note the theme of self denial versus luxury, note not speaking your own words.  The words of GOD should be heard, not man interested in hearing his own words.

Isaiah 42:14   “Then you shall delight yourself in the Lord; And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the Lord has spoken.” 

So great blessings come with self sacrifice, and obedience to this.

The COST however for not doing them will be to be filled with backsliding ways.  Meaning we will have to experience what those we refuse to help have gone through.  Is that what we want?  Or will we heed the call ?  God is allowing all this for HIS purposes. Revelation says that the BEAST HATES THE HARLOT [harlot church].  Those who are SELF RIGHTEOUS and exploit others.  Not that the beast worshippers don’t do the same things you understand, but they are full of hatred and criticism because they do not bow to God or forgiveness, and are being used by God to mete out His justice, and they recognize the hypocrisy in the world since they have heard so much on TV and yet they don’t see JESUS in us.  They should see JESUS in us.  God is working in us to make us more like HIM that they CAN see Jesus in us.

To go back to the visions, I believe, unless we do as God leads we will face far worse hardships which may come anyhow.  But I sure want to be doing HIS will now. The nation may change, and never be the same.  We can work to demonstrate Jesus in the midst of all people are going through, or we can be selfish and self centred  God has allowed many things because we refuse to do things His way.  Other things are happening just because evil is waxing worse and worse for the end game, as He told us it would. We still must reflect His light, and walk in the light as HE is in the light. May HE grant us great grace to do so, for apart from HIM, we can do NOTHING.

of Upstream Ministries,
California on 2012-12-15




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